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Topsy-Turvy Weather Affects Local Businesses

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It's easy to forget with weather like Tuesday's that last month we experienced the warmest March in history.

In Lansing, all-time records were set in March with a high of 86 degrees. This topsy-turvy weather will have some lasting effects in different ways.

"Typically the phone starts ringing and we get overwhelmed a little bit at the beginning of April," said Doug Reaves, R&D Landscape, "And this year it happened at, ya know, the middle of March."

Record breaking weather last month has crews at R&D Landscape hitting the grounds early.

"We'll get at least 3 more cuts in this year. Bottom line I can see it being 5% better, ya know, just because of the earlier season," said Reaves.

It's something owner Doug Reaves hasn't seen before in his 11 years of business. He says it was his best March ever.

"It was definitely something we were very grateful for," said Reaves.

But for some other folks who depend on mother nature, they aren't getting so lucky.

March's high temps caused apple trees to bloom a month early, and last week's freezing temps caused damage to 40 percent of those blossoms at The Country Mill.

"We don't need all of the blossoms to have a good crop, however it does potentially reduce our overall crop," said Steve Tennes, The Country Mill.

With more cold nights on the way, it's hard to say what's in store.

"We just take it one day at a time," said Tennes.

Because when you're in the business where the weather's in control, that's all you can do.

On the brighter side of things, Tennes does say this year's harvest window will be longer and people will be able to pick a lot of their fruits earlier this year.

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